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Downtown to Suburbs

Publication:Pastoral Letter, April 2019 Dear Friend in Christ: When I entered the ministry, the largest churches were downtown, on main streets, or on the city square, central to the culture. Now most large churches are in the suburbs, peripheral to the culture. The migration of churches to the suburbs is symbolic to what has happened [...]

Miracles at the Intersection

Publication:Pastoral Letter,September 2017 Dear Friend in Christ: I was in California a few weeks ago and my friend Cynthia Krueger gave me a book entitled Miracles by Eric Metaxas. Cynthia is married to Erik Krueger and she had been my administrator in years past. I was interested in the book for several reasons: she had [...]

Scripture: Final in Authority to Jesus

[Part 9] According to the worldview of Jesus, the Scripture is final in authority.  He answered every temptation of Satan with a quote from Scripture.  Three times Jesus said, “It is written” (Matthew 4:4, 7 & 10).  Then, he followed those words with quotes from the book of Deuteronomy (Deuteronomy 8:3, 6:16 & 6:13).  Even [...]

By |August 19th, 2016|Blog|0 Comments

In Search of Church

Publication: Pastoral Letter, October 2014 Dear Friend in Christ: People often ask me to recommend a church in their area. While our magazine, ONE-TO-ONE, lists supporting ministries and churches, I am usually reluctant to recommend a particular church because I am aware that the one in search of A church may find human beings there [...]

By |October 1st, 2014|Foundations of Faith, Pastoral Letters|0 Comments

Transformation through Change

Publication: Pastoral Letter, June 2014 Dear Friend in Christ, I am writing to discuss with you how to be prepared for change, and how the Lord uses change to change us. Life is continuous change, hopefully in small increments. Time is the ticking clock that measures the changes in our lives. Sometimes change does not [...]

By |June 1st, 2014|Pastoral Letters, Spiritual Growth|0 Comments

Why and How

Publication: Pastoral Letter, May 2013 Dear Friend in Christ, We've just concluded our annual CSM Leadership Conference in Gatlinburg, TN, and it was a very encouraging time. I was privileged to minister with Bishop Joseph Garlington around the theme of "Why Do You Do What You Do?" While there, I gave two primary messages: "The [...]

Forever New

Publication: Pastoral Letter, March 2013 Dear Friend in Christ, We have a beautiful dog who was bred to hunt and retrieve but unfortunately he only has a fenced back yard. What has that to do with us? Think about it. I am writing to you about eternal life lived in an earthly body and a [...]

By |March 1st, 2013|Pastoral Letters, Spiritual Growth|0 Comments

The Spirit-Led Home

Publication: Pastoral Letter, June 2007 Dear Friend in Christ: I pray your summer is off to a good start. Let me thank my father, Charles Simpson, for asking me to write you this month about a word the Lord gave to me recently. While there are many spectacular and urgent news headlines that we read [...]

By |June 1st, 2007|Pastoral Letters, Relationships|0 Comments

Purpose and Progress

Publication: Pastoral Letter, October 2006 Dear Friend in Christ: One of my favorite sources of humor is a book entitled, Anguished English, by Richard Lederer, a college professor. In the book, he tells a story about a mother who wrote an absence excuse for her daughter. “Please excuse Harriett for missing school yesterday. We forgot [...]

By |October 1st, 2006|Pastoral Letters, Worldview & Culture|0 Comments

Editing the Word of God?

Publication: Pastoral Letter, May 2002 Dear Friend in Christ: I pray this letter finds you and yours doing well. In my last letter to you, I described how the fear of offending has affected the way in which we tell, or do not tell the truth. That politically correct mindset has affected the Church, and [...]